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Northern Line - for brass band
Northern Line is a tribute to the heritage of York’s railway industry and its workers, who over many years have placed the City of York at the heart of the UK’s railway network. The music does not attempt to depict the sounds of a train journey but I confess that some of the initial ideas for the composition came from seeing the mighty ‘Flying Scotsman’ locomotive laid out in pieces during its recent restoration and – to my eyes at least - resembling a the instruments of large and somewhat bizarre percussion orchestra.
Northern Line was commissioned by York Railway Institute Brass Band and first performed by that band at York Theatre Royal in October 2009, conducted by Derek Warley.